Nutrition and Mealtimes
We provide children with a variety of healthy foods, and cater for children with allergies and intolerances.
SDN Paddington is an 89-place centre providing early childhood education and child care for children from birth to school age.
Our recently renovated centre has five indoor play rooms, including two rooms for infants and toddlers, as well as two separate playgrounds – one designed especially for children under two.
We see all children as capable and competent learners and our team of qualified staff are committed to supporting your child’s learning and development. Our educators work with smaller groups of children, fostering an environment where children share their knowledge with their peers. We also encourage siblings to interact throughout the day and we value the support they can offer each other. You can learn more about our educational program here.
There are numerous art galleries in the Paddington community. We regularly take the children to visit these and draw on them as inspiration for creative arts in our preschool educational program.
Our families say …
“I like the general atmosphere of the centre. As my child has long days I value the opportunity to visit siblings throughout the day. The learning is presented in a varied curriculum which I see each week in the newsletter.”
“Having used several centres over the years it is clear to me that SDN Paddington is by far the best equipped and staffed. It is a joy to be involved with the centre and staff.”
I have a Master of Teaching (birth to five years) from Macquarie University and have worked at SDN as a senior educator, a teacher, room leader and now as a director for SDN Paddington.
I came to work at SDN as a senior educator (diploma) whilst I was finishing my studies at university in 2016. I was awarded the SDN Whiting Scholarship through Macquarie University and this led to my eventual employment with SDN.
I am passionate about early childhood education and being a support to children and their families. I believe the early years are important in shaping children’s knowledge about their world, and that positive experiences towards learning in the early years have lasting impacts.
I love SDN because they truly do put children and families first. SDN provides quality education and care and has a long history of doing so.
SDN Paddington is special because of its beautiful learning environments, particularly our spacious and inviting outdoor environments. The dedicated and talented team of staff and educators at Paddington is also a standout.
Growing bodies need movement and exercise. Growing minds need stimulus and exploration. Growing hearts need opportunities to play and mix with others.
At SDN we know that the best thing we can do for your infant or toddler is to support them to grow and develop in safe, unhurried, nurturing and challenging environments.
Because infants and toddlers are naturally curious, our centres have well-equipped indoor and outdoor areas that will keep your child moving and give them daily opportunities to explore their limits and grow their abilities.
Your child is unique and so we will devise a learning and development program based on what we know about your child’s interests, learning and development. Because they will always be changing and growing, we consistently review the program to ensure we are keeping up with your child’s development, providing them with the best learning opportunities.
Read more about our Child-led Educational program here.
Developed by university-trained early childhood teachers, our preschool program focuses on the whole child, building healthy bodies, caring hearts and curious minds.
We will draw on your child’s interests, strengths, needs and culture to plan and implement a program that best meets their learning and developmental needs.
The program is flexible and will give your child a voice in their learning and development. Your child will be our co-planner, sharing ideas and questions that drive their learning. Our preschool teachers will plan experiences for your child that focus on specific skills in an engaging and meaningful way to support their growing skills and knowledge.
We will immerse your child in a language-rich environment and support them to develop the skills and mindset they need for a successful start to school. Through planned play and learning experiences your child will develop the listening and social skills as well as a passion for learning with curiosity, enthusiasm, persistence, cooperation and focused attention they will need when they transition to school.
Our centres have a transition to school program where our educators work together with local kindergarten teachers and our preschool teachers attend transition to school meetings with local schools.
Read more about our Child-led Educational program here.
Families in our urban based centres often call our outdoor areas their “green oasis”.
SDN's outdoor spaces provide opportunities for children to enjoy themselves and have adventures. They’re safe environments for children to run, jump and yell, make mud cakes, and use their energy.
Outdoor spaces provide more than physical benefits. Even though you may think that children only play outside to have fun, they're also improving their thinking, social, and emotional skills. When they’re playing outside, they’re inventing games, learning about the world at their own pace, and figuring out social customs like turn taking.
These are just some of the reasons SDN invests in developing new, award-winning outdoor spaces with natural designs that inspire children’s curiosity, physical play, and social play.
The majority of families in our centres do not pay the full daily fee because they receive Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from the government.
The subsidy you may receive through the CCS will depend on:
You can calculate what your out of pocket child care costs will be on the government’s child care subsidy calculator.
The traditional owners of the Paddington area are the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.
SDN Paddington officially opened on 29 November 1924. Then known as The Eastern Suburbs Day Nursery, it was run out of The Grange in Heeley Street – a colonial style villa built in 1868 and originally named Olive Bank Villa – purchased for £2,000 thanks to local fundraising and donations from Paddington, Waverley and Woollahra councils. At the time, Paddington, like many of Sydney’s inner suburbs once home to grand residences on large estates, had been subdivided into rows of terrace houses crowded with working families in need of child care services.
In 1969, a new nursery school building was added, thanks to fundraising by the nursery’s committee, particularly Mr and Mrs Supple, who held weekly dances at Paddington Town Hall for many years. SDN Paddington has recently undergone extensive renovation to meet the needs of children, families and staff.
Since its beginnings, SDN Paddington has undergone many changes and has always maintained and reflected a strong connection with the families of this vibrant and diverse community.
To read more about SDN Paddington's history here.